Better starts the major focus for Bulldogs

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 12:38 PM - by Chris Pike

THERE is no panic at South Fremantle with the knowledge they are still just two wins from a premiership in 2020, but starting games better is a major focus coming into the preliminary final according to captain Dylan Main.

South Fremantle was the standout team during the nine rounds of the 2020 WAFL season winning its opening seven matches to secure the Bulldogs the minor premiership for the first time since 2009.

The Bulldogs had finished in second spot in each of the last four seasons behind Subiaco ending up in three preliminary final and a Grand Final appearance, so it was a step forward during the home and away season.

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Second Semi-Final

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 9:10 AM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle coach Todd Curley speaking after his team's second semi-final loss to Claremont and looking ahead to next Sunday's WAFL preliminary final against West Perth at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

QUESTION: Obviously a disappointing performance, what's your initial reaction straight after the game?
I just thought we were outplayed. They were better than us absolutely, they were harder at the footy, got more numbers to the ball and we watched a bit. We were beaten in all facets but the midfield really taught us a lesson and you can't win games getting it inside-50 only 20 times. We have a bit to work through.

Q: You won't win many games with a scoreless first half but I'm not sure it was really the fault of the forwards, they just didn’t see much of it?
We felt like every time we got it fought we felt like we were relatively dangerous, we just never really got it forward. We had two really good chances early that were after pretty clean ball movement but we missed them both. From there we really struggled but we've been better than that all year. We'll just recover first and then prepare for next week.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 3:23 PM - by Chris Pike

YOU work so hard to earn the finals double chance for a reason and before Sunday, South Fremantle had to win two finals to claim the 2020 WAFL premiership and that's still the case even after a disappointing second semi-final loss to Claremont.

South Fremantle finished the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season on top of the ladder after winning the opening seven matches to not only earn the finals double chance, but also to ensure they will play the rest of the season at home at Fremantle Community Bank Oval.

And an impressive crowd of 2983 turned up on Sunday despite the poor weather conditions with South Fremantle and Claremont doing battle in the second semi-final with a Grand Final spot on the line.

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Second Semi-Final Preview v Claremont

Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 12:52 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle has the chance to book in a WAFL Grand Final spot at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with a victory against Claremont in Sunday's second semi-final at the same venue.

The second semi-final will then take place at Fremantle Community Bank Oval with South Fremantle attempting to reach its second straight Grand Final while Claremont is trying to get to its first since winning the premiership in 2012.

Claremont and South Fremantle are no strangers to doing battle in finals in recent times unlike the first semi-final combatants. 

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 8:36 PM - by Chris Pike

MASON Shaw has been remarkably consistent as a reliable goalkicker for South Fremantle ever since returning from Port Adelaide and he's been rewarded in 2020 by winning the Bernie Naylor Medal as the WAFL's leading goal scorer.

Shaw returned to South Fremantle following his time in the AFL system at Port Adelaide back in 2016, and while he initially shared a role in a star-studded forward-line and now is the main spearhead, his goalkicking ability has been remarkably consistent no matter the situation.

Shaw kicked another two goals on Saturday night against Perth at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park to give him 23 goals in eight matches for the shortened 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season.

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Coach Post Match – Todd Curley Round 9

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 12:05 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle coach Todd Curley speaking after the WAFL Round 9 loss to Perth to close the home and away season as the Bulldogs turn attention to hosting the second semi-final against Claremont on Sunday.

QUESTION: How do you feel coming out of that game, they dominated the last quarter and you just couldn’t get out of their forward-line?
Obviously we had some different personnel with young guys down there but we couldn’t get our hands on the ball even around the middle. We didn’t use the ball that well either. We kept kicking it back to their numbers which is what they wanted. We didn’t use the ball well enough.

Q: Against a team with so much to play for, were you reasonably happy with what you did for the first three quarters?
A: We did some stuff right but it felt like we were always chasing our tails a bit, and shuffling the deck chairs a bit. You couldn’t question the effort and I think the boys really tried hard, but just at times during the day we lost the composure with the ball and they scored.

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Bulldogs turn focus to home second semi-final

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 8:02 PM - by Chris Pike

IT was an emotional evening at Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park on Saturday when Perth beat South Fremantle to reach the finals for the first time since 1997, but the Bulldogs now turn their focus to making the most of their minor premiership winning season.

While understandably all the focus was on Perth's quest to reach the finals for the first time in 23 years, and then since has been garnered around their achievement of doing so, it shouldn’t diminish what South Fremantle has achieved in the 2020 Optus WAFL Premiership Season already.

South Fremantle already had the minor premiership secured no matter the result of Saturday's game against Perth and the Bulldogs still did well to be in a winning position with a 15-point lead when the three quarter-time sounded.

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Player Column | Chris Luff Round 9

Saturday, September 12, 2020 - 11:30 AM - by Chris Luff

I WAS asked to talk about my battle with concussion in this column and when thinking back to how bad things got at one point, it caused me to develop such bad anxiety to the point where just going out to have a beer with my mates was a real struggle.

It was just the fact that everything that I did brought on the symptoms I'd suffer from the concussion. I was just scared to do anything to trigger it. It got to the point where I had to quit my job. I was working in my trade as a boilermaker but I just couldn’t function to do that anymore. When I had to stop working in my trade and then went to study personal training, even just to try and read books and study, and get through a day as a student was really hard as well.

It was just such a slow, long grind to get through every day. I'd liken it to when you'd walk outside and you would know it's a nice day with the sun shining and everything, but for me that would all be blanketed by this fog which would dull all my senses. It dulled my smell, I had really bad hypersensitivity to light so couldn’t stay in the sun or it would hurt my eyes and I'd get bad headaches which turned into migraines.

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Round 9 Preview v Perth

Friday, September 11, 2020 - 2:25 PM - by Chris Pike

SOUTH Fremantle heads to Lathlain's Mineral Resources Park on Saturday with the opportunity of completing an undefeated WAFL season but it will be a desperate Perth opponent trying to deny the Bulldogs that.

It has been a remarkable performance to date from South Fremantle to have won all seven matches to date in this shortened Optus WAFL Premiership Season following the COVID-19 enforced break.

Things got underway in scintillating fashion with a 95-point hammering of East Fremantle before two tight wins against West Perth Claremont before a statement 50-point victory against Subiaco.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 2:32 PM